"She did not marry him then because he was too poor to pay her bride-price."

A bride-price is the amount of money or goods that the groom and his family must pay to the bride's family before a marriage takes place. Bride-price is in contrast to a dowry in which the bride's family pays the groom and his family. Bride-prices generally reflected the "value" of the woman in terms of her beauty, heritage, status in the society, or other such factors.